Not to be deterred, Boyd (former artistic director of the RSC) brought it back to the Swan Theatre, stripped of its elaborate set, with Katy Stephens as Cleopatra.

This may seem irrelevant to the current production now running in the Swan Theatre – a co-production between the RSC and The Public Theater, New York and GableStage, Miami. Not so.

It was Boyd who forged the link with award-winning playwright and director Tarell Alvin McCraney, who directs this new production.

McCraney has certainly stripped this production – this time of some of Shakespeare’s text, yet his interpretation is poignant and moving.

There are no gimmicks here, just straightforward solid acting, with no primadonnas upstaging their fellow emsemble. But back to McCraney’s production. Here, he has not only a superb set, designed by Tom Piper, but an ensemble which allows each actor to come into his or her own.

Jonathan Cake, is a perfect triumvir as Mark Antony, who brings a believable passion to the stage, with Joaquina Kalukango as a desirable yet understated (in a good way!) Cleopatra.

Taking the duo imperium out of the equation, there were plenty of other strong performances in this small cast, particularly Chukwudi Iwuji as Enobarbus, who acted as the pivotal role in this production.

This Antony and Cleopatra has opened the doors to well performed gimmick-less revivals of Shakespeare’s best loved plays. Full of fine qualities – and virtually no defects.

Antony and Cleopatra runs until 30th November at the Swan Theatre.